Benguet, Kalinga studes top Cordillera NDRM essay writing, poster making tilt

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, July 10 (PIA) - - Chreza Banes, a 14 year old, grade 9 student of Twin Peaks High Scool in Tuba Benguet won the Cordillera Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council(CDRRMC)- led Essay Writing Contest at the Department of Education Regional Office here on July 6.


Opening her essay with a Benjamin Franklin Quote, “If you fail to prepare, you prepare to fail,” Banes went on to explain that “Preparedness is the state of readiness where you are knowledgeable of the things that must be done before, during and after a calamity strikes.”

Preparedness which is a key to minimize injuries, loss of lives and damage to properties must involve all four thematic areas of DRRM, which are prevention and mitigation, preparedness, response, and rehabilitation and recovery, she added.

CRDRRMC, in partnership with DepEd – CAR, conducted the essay writing simultaneous with a poster making contest in observance of July as National Disaster Resilience Month(NDRM).

Each of the eight DepEd districts in the region, namely Abra, Apayao, Baguio City, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Tabuk City and Mountain Province were represented in both contests which focus  was  on  the  2018 NDRM theme of “Katatagan sa Kalamidad ay Makakmtan, Kapag Sapat ang Kaalaman sa Kalamidad”.

For the poster making contest, 11 year old Grade 6 student Christa Angelee Santiago of Rizal Central School of Rizal,Kalinga won first place. Both Banes and Santiago will represent Cordillera in the national NDRM essay and poster making contests.

Serving as judges during the contests were representatives from the CRDRRMC member agencies of Office of Civil Defense, Department of Education, National Economic Development Authority, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Science and Technology and Philippine Information Agency.

Formerly the National Disaster Consciousness Month, this July observance was renamed to NDRM through the Executive Order No. 29 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte on June 28, 2017 to shift the observance’s highlights from disaster awareness building to disaster resilience (PIA CAR with Jenibel Dizon/ISU Intern)


Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.
EL Kikasa